Bruce Campbell Talks EVIL DEAD Remake, What Fans Can Expect, Differences from the Original Film and Whether or Not He’ll Make a Cameo

     August 20, 2012


Bruce Campbell’s role in Sam Raimi’s original film The Evil Dead was career-defining, so how does Campbell feel about the current remake by director Fede Alvarez? Luckily, the man behind the famous chin had nothing but good things to say about the film.  He also talked about what fans could expect, differences between the remake and the original and whether or not he would be making a cameo appearance.

The Evil Dead remake, starring Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas, Shiloh Fernandez, Elizabeth Blackmore and Lou Taylor Pucci, debuts April 12th of next year.  Hit the jump to see what Campbell had to say, and click here to read what Raimi himself told us about the “so bloody it will make your head spin” remake.

bruce-campbell-evil-dead-remakeCampbell recently spoke to Digital Spy (via CBM) about The Evil Dead remake.  We only knew snippets of the plot before, so here’s a recap: Levy plays the main character, who is going through drug withdrawal. Lucas plays a nurse, while Blackmore will play the fiancée of Fernandez’s character and a newcomer to the group of five friends who hole up in a cabin in the woods. So how different will the remake be from the original? As Campbell puts it:

“There’s none of the original characters. We didn’t want to compare apples with apples. It’s a contemporary movie – just like Evil Dead was contemporary in 1979, this is contemporary for young adults now. It’s basically five new kids who are going to have a really bad night with a brand new director – Fede Alvarez, who was handpicked by Sam Raimi. I’ve seen it already; I think it’s definitely fabulous.”

Campbell is also tuned in to the rabid fanbase that has kept The Evil Dead in the conversation all these years.  Here’s what he has to say about being loyal to the fanbase:

“We’re really excited and really behind it, [but] it’s going to take a bit to get the Evil Dead fans behind it. We know we’ve pissed a lot of them off. We appreciate that and we appreciate their anger and their zeal, but the only thing we want to impress upon them is that we didn’t screw it up. This is going to be just as memorable as [the original] Evil Dead without being the same movie”

evil-dead-remakeCampbell also commented on the current spate of remakes and reboots:

“You don’t want to remake something shot-for-shot. I can’t believe they remade Psycho – what the hell kind of a waste of celluloid is that? It’s a creative medium.

“The nice thing is the film looks beautiful. The effects are 10 times better than we ever had access to and the actors are all better than we were in 1979. Though granted Sam Raimi is a mad genius, so we got a crazy result like Evil Dead out of this amateur enthusiasm sort of thing.”

Finally, Campbell fielded the question on whether or not he’ll be making a cameo or ever starring as Ash in a future remake:

“I’m not at liberty to discuss that. But the thing is we want it to be a standalone movie. You’re going to have some references [to the original] in there and there’s going to be things the fans will enjoy as far as familiar aspects, but it’s a whole new ball game.”

“I’ll be honest with you, I don’t know if I could – the last one was 1991. I was a virile young man; I’m 54 years old now so I’m not sure 54-year-old guys need to be doing that s**t anymore. But if Sam wants to lace the boots back on and do something that makes sense, that’s fine. We may need to do the movie one day, if our careers fly off the tracks and we crash and burn, we might look at each other and go ‘Let’s make an Evil Dead movie’!”

Be sure to head over to Digital Spy for the full interview and keep an eye here for more news on The Evil Dead remake now that it’s wrapped production.


  • Selvan

    “Contemporary for young adults now” has me worried. Hope they are not making it please the schmaltzy Twilight crowd,
    Saw the movie for the first time when I was 12 in India. It was running in one of those small shabby local theatre. I still can’t watch the movie alone at night. (I’m 27 by the way).

    • Drake

      Diablo Cody!!! It’s going to be more annoying than the Thing remake.

  • Selvan

    “Contemporary for young adults now” has me worried. Hope they are not making it please the schmaltzy Twilight crowd,
    Saw the movie for the first time when I was 12 in India. It was running in one of those small shabby local theatre. I still can\’t watch the movie alone at night.{I’m 27 by the way).

  • ScaredForMovies

    Bruce Campbell’s awesome but you can’t expect him to talk shit about a movie he’s producing. The Evil Dead series is a cult classic because it was original & creative. I just don’t see how this will be any of those things. I’ll keep my fingers crossed but it’s not like everything Raimi touches is automatic gold or anything. And as for a continuing the series with Bruce Campbell as an old man, I think Bubba-Ho-Tep proved it would still be possible.

    • JackofSpades

      Exactly. Filmmakers never talk negatively about a product they have that is being released.

  • Sanjuro

    I would be in IF they indulged the Lovecraftian influence more. Especially bring the Necronomicon’s author Abdul Allhazred and some of the Great Old Ones.

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  • leon

    This movie is going to suck. never replace a man like Ash for some stupid whiny drug adict female. Forced female leads NEVER WORK…. THIS WILL BE THE BIGGEST FAILURE EVER


  • CDawgnLA

    If Raimi and company can freak me out with this reboot the same way they did with “The Evil Dead” classic when I was kid, then they’ll have my full respect forever and a day. Yes, the bar is high. And yes, I expect these filmmakers to LEAP over it (or I’m gonna be pissed).